GGS Lucky

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The Lucky is a viewfinder camera made in about 1946[1][2] by the Milan company GGS, the company's first product. It makes images 24x36 mm on 35 mm film in standard cassettes.

The camera has a 5 cm Solar Anastigmat, which is an f/3.5 in some examples,[3] and an f/3.2 in others,[4] on a collapsible lens tube. This has front-element focusing down to 1.5 metre. It has an in-lens shutter with speeds from 1/20 to either 1/200 or 1/300 second,[3][4], plus 'B'. This must be cocked manually on the shutter body, with the lever marked 'carica' (charge).

The camera is loaded by removing the base, like early Leica and Zenit models. Film advance is by a winding knob, and there is a frame counter in the top plate. The shutter release button is threaded for a cable release. The camera seems to have double-exposure prevention, and there is a sliding control on the front of the top housing which may be an override for this.


Notes

  1. According to Dario Mondonico, cited below, who states that GGS came to be as Italian companies in military production sought civilian activities after the War, and that the Lucky was shown at a Milan trade fair in 1946. McKeown gives the date as about 1948.
  2. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p344.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lucky, with f/3.5 lens and shutter to 1/200 second (also other GGS cameras and some company history; text in Italian), at Dario Mononico's Mistermondo.com.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lucky serial no. R2139, with f/3.2 lens and shutter to 1/300 second, offered at the 21st Westlicht Photographica Auction, on 23 May 2012.

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